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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 8663 7228
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

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Fantastic attraction

My daughter and I really enjoyed it here. We were greeted at the door by a prison warden and duly 'processed' through the system. The guard was informative and funny and really... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My daughter and I really enjoyed it here. We were greeted at the door by a prison warden and duly 'processed' through the system. The guard was informative and funny and really made the experience very real. The rest of the Gaol is also really good and informative - there is lots of information around the place. An excellent attaction... More 

Thank Lancs7
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The watch house tour/experience was a highlight of our trip. Very well acted out and provided a great experience of how it might be for someone that was arrested. Good information about the facility, history and interesting stories.

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Blacktown, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great experience. Interesting reading the stories about the people who were executed there and seeing the death masks make it all that much real and sad. The tour guides are informative and a little cheeky. We were definitely entertained. The watch house experience is fun and a little sobering.

Thank c0lleen21
Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a nice way to spend a few hours, especially since it was pouring and we were inside. The jail is very old and many cells have an individual exhibit inside each, focusing on an individual criminal or the state of the prison system at the time. There is also a half an hour optional skit about the life... More 

Thank GailDez
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we only went on the tour you walk around by yourself but included in the price was a reenactment of being thrown in the cells but we didn't have time for that...we enjoyed the walk around tour and it was very interesting much more than we thought it would be

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great day out for the whole family. The tour is entertaining as you are taken in by a guard and lined up like convicts and given roles. We weren't expecting this but you soon go with the flow. You will learn a fair bit on the tour and get to take some good pics. Then free time... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

i did a self tour just wandering around the cells looking at all the information and pieces of history. very interesting and unnerving-it was a harsh time in australian history. love the authenticity of the place and the fact is is so well looked after. the gift shop has lots of interesting items and staff are just great. did the... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was very cool! First of all who would of thought a jail would be so beautiful. Had a great little act to learn more about Ned Kelly. The kids had a great time dressing up in armor and asking lots of questions about what went on. A great visit for sure!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great tour started off with a look around the cells side of it and a part of the history,then on to the excellently hosted part,where you were arrested,charged,and locked up,excellent knowledge and delivery by the host who was class.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited the gaol, and were fascinated by it. Terrible to think that is how prisoners were treated in that time! The 'arrest' experience was a highlight, showing us how conditions for remand prisoners were, until comparatively recently (although the jail shut in ?1924?)

Thank DADD23

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